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PRESS RELEASE

Airfix Model of WZ507

(19th December 2012)

The Vampire Preservation Group is delighted to announce that Airfix are releasing a 1:72 scale model kit of WZ507 in February 2013.

Work on this exciting new addition to the Airfix range began in 2010, when Airfix decided to produce a new Vampire model to replace their aging FB5 kit. The VPG suggested that the Vampire T11 would be the ideal variant to choose and provided some photographs and other information to help illustrate this point.

After some discussion, Airfix agreed to introduce the Vampire T11 model into their new range and decided that WZ507 would be the perfect aircraft to depict, being the last airworthy example in the world.

In May 2011 Airfix researcher Simon Owen and product designer Jordan Jenkins both visited WZ507 at North Weald. They spent several hours measuring and photographing our Vampire from every conceivable angle, to capture as much detail as possible to ensure an accurate model was designed.

Armed with this information, Jordan initially produced a three dimensional Computer Aided Design model of the aircraft, to correctly replicate the basic shape of the Vampire T11.

This computer model was then enhanced by adding surface details such as rivets and panel lines.

Once the CAD model was completed, it was used to produce the tooling used to mould the individual components that make up the plastic model.

Pre-production samples were assembled to ensure there were no problems with the construction and instructions and box artwork were completed.

After almost two years of research and design, the Airfix Vampire T11 is finally released. To obtain this stunning kit, simply visit our online shop and place your order – we will despatch your model(s) immediately! Remember, all proceeds from our online store are used to help keep WZ507 flying, so purchasing your Airfix model of WZ507 directly from us can really make a difference and preserve WZ507 for future generations to enjoy.

 


Note to Editors:

For more information, or to arrange to see this aircraft,
please contact Matt Hampton via the VPG web site.

The Vampire is often flying and will visit several airfields during the year.
You will be made most welcome if you come along to see us!

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